The revised FaithWorks covenant below reflects the mission direction proposed by the Mission Council leaders of FaithWorks as we move forward. Merger has been removed from the covenant language of FaithWorks. The revised covenant will be presented for congregational approval at FaithWorks congregations’ annual meetings in January. A .pdf is available for download here.
Racine ELCA FaithWorks congregations commit to collaborative mission work among the most vulnerable in Racine. Bound by collective prayer, worship, study of scripture and anti-racism training, these congregations pledge to intentionally partner with and support one another and other faith and community organizations in order to meet in real and tangible ways the brokenness and challenges facing our community. Our common commitment is to seek God’s will and partner in God’s mission: God’s Work Our Hands
- Those congregations entering into the FaithWorks commitment for 2015 pledge to:
Active participation on the FW Mission Council (2 lay mission leaders and all clergy).
Intentional anti-racism training for at least 75% of 2015 church council members, church staff, and key lay leaders.
Active involvement in at least one food ministry, which includes other FaithWorks congregations and partners. (e.g. community meals, food pantries)
Active involvement in a neighborhood/school outreach ministry with children during the academic year.
Active involvement in a summer neighborhood camp program.
Active listening to the community outside our doors.
Active involvement in mission strategy to further define and expand the FW focus of mission in Racine. (e.g. health, homelessness, immigration, environment, peace)
Financial support based on the number of full-time clergy positions as of February 1, 2015 ($2,000 per FTE on staff).
- We embrace the following core beliefs:
We exist for mission – God’s Mission. God’s Work Our Hands
Our congregations must become examples of the appropriate use of resources so that God’s earth is not damaged, but replenished.
This covenant commits Atonement Our Savior‘s, Emaús, Emmaus, and St. Andrew to a fourth year of profound partnership following the congregational ratification. FaithWorks invites and welcomes other ELCA congregations who commit to the terms of this covenant to become FaithWorks partners.
This covenant is meant to be a living document. It may be modified by action of the Mission Council and ratification by a majority of the covenanting partner congregations.